Life has been crazy. Aside from getting ready for DragonCon 2013, we decided this week to buy a house. We have to close before we leave for DragonCon, so things have been a little nutty! And to boot, I caught an unexpected cold last week, and am still recovering. I’ll accept that if it means I avoid the con crud though!!
Anyway, amidst all the crazy, I did manage to cross a few more things off my lists this week.
Behold, the monocle for my steampunk costume! This piece came together with a container lid, black leather, pleather for straps, elastic, some connectors and snaps, a clay piece, gears, hot glue, and a double lens clip piece.
The whip is still in progress. I cannot believe how hard it is to find 1″ hex nuts. Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart … wound up having to order them from a store called Fastenal that the Home Depot rep told me about.
I will certainly not be remaking the bustier into a corset – I recently realized that would drastically change the look of the front costume piece, so I will need to think about that more for a future wear.
I did complete my shield infusion electronics and chemistry project. This was much more annoying than the wand project, but it is finally together and working. Again I used electrical tape instead of soldering. And theoretically the battery and lights are possible to change out. Just so you know, drilling out the insides of a rubber cork for an Erlenmeyer flask – not my cup of tea. To hide some of the wiring, I turned a second flask stopper upside down, removed as much of the innards as I could, snaked wires through, and taped it to the topper that holds the UV LEDs. The wiring is a tad touchy, and ultimately, the lights don’t light up the fluid in the bottle nearly as much as I want, but it will have to do as I have no other solution.
What’s in the bottle? A mixture of tonic water, fluid from yellow and orange highlighters, and a touch of yellow food coloring. You can see I covered the lights with some cellophane so that they don’t get wet (I might tape over the edges to clean it up a tad). It may not look as awesome as I wanted in the light, but in the dark, I’m pretty content with it:
Let’s see what else … I redid my fairy shoes. I decided the wonky way that I stitched the fabric around the flip flop was stupid and too puffy for my liking. So I stitched together two strips of fabric, folded them into a tube, stitched along the edge, and turned the tube right side out and closed off the ends. I wound up with a much longer tie strap this way, and it wrapped much more tightly around the flip flop. In the picture below, the left has a picture of the new strap prior to going on the flip flop. The center is a picture of the new shoes (complete with my adorable toe ring that Kim sent with my ear cuffs!), and the rightmost picture is the old poofy gross version.
And this weekend I did a trial run of Elizabeth, wig and all. I am not very good with styling wigs yet, but I bought some hair spray meant specifically for synthetic hair, and tried to use it to create a bit of a mussed look like she has in the video game. Did I succeed?
Things I learned during this trial run include:
- My garter belt is NOT going to stay on my leg for more than like 10 minutes tops.
- We will be lacing the corset with 2 separate laces.
- I’m STILL not completely happy with my skirt. I will be attempting a quick hoop skirt to wear underneath.
- My boots seem pretty comfortable (I wore them for a few hours).
- I wish the extra firm interfacing in my bolero’s collar would stand up just a smidge more.
The recent skirt redo that I did basically involved shortening the skirt as it was way too long. I hiked up the higher side a bit more so that it falls closer to my knee, and I removed the gathers. I also took off the home made ruffle on the bottom and added a store bought trim with pretty eyelets. When I said I’m not happy with the skirt, it’s really that I am not happy with how it lays, hence the need to make a hoop skirt. But I believe this newer version is better for sure.
My husband was uncooperative and did not wish to put his costume on and practice posing (go figure). So take this pose with a grain of salt
Little over a week left! <Squeal of excitement>